Presidential Primary Candidate Filing Has Begun

November 3, 2015
Press Release
Who files petitions at the Cook County Clerk’s office?

Candidates seeking the following county offices will file nominating papers with the Clerk’s office: Clerk of the Circuit Court; Recorder of Deeds; States Attorney; Board of Review Member (Districts 1 & 2); Water Reclamation District Commissioner (three full six year terms and one unexpired two year term); and Ward Committeemen for the City of Chicago will also file papers with the Clerk’s office.

Federal, State and Judicial candidates file with the Illinois State Board of Elections in Springfield, Illinois.

What time does candidate filing begin on Monday, November 23 at the Cook County Clerk’s office?

Candidate filing will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 23 at the Cook County Clerk’s office located at 69 West Washington.

hat happens if several people file simultaneously for the same office?

Candidates for the same office standing in line at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 to file nomination petitions will be time-stamped for 9 a.m. and included in the ballot lottery.  Additionally, candidates for the same office who file nomination petitions between 4 and 5 p.m. on the last day of filing – Nov. 30 – will be included in the ballot lottery. The Clerk’s office will conduct a lottery at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2015 for any candidates who file at the same time for the same office. The person whose name is drawn first in the lottery will have his or her name placed first on the ballot for that contest, followed by the names of the candidates drawn second, third, etc. Anyone who filed after 9 a.m. on Nov. 23 and before 3:59 p.m. on Nov. 30 will be on the ballot in the order they turned in their nomination paperwork.

When is the deadline for filing nomination papers?

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, November 30 at the Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago.

Where are objections to petitions filed?

If the petition was filed with the Clerk’s office, the objection should also be filed with the Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago.

When is the last day to file an objection to a petition?

The last day to file an objection with the Clerk’s office is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015 for all offices.

Who oversees objections?

The Cook County Officers Electoral Board hears objections to all petitions filed with the Clerk’s office. The electoral board consists of: Hon. David Orr, Cook County Clerk, chairman, Hon. Anita Alvarez, State's Attorney of Cook County, member, and Hon. Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, member.

In addition to ruling on objections to county candidates, the panel also hears objections to candidates for state senator, state representative and judicial candidates whose districts lie wholly within suburban Cook County or overlap the suburbs and Chicago.

What is the objection appeal process?

Once the board has issued a decision, the losing party can appeal the decision to the Cook County Circuit Court. The court holds expedited hearings for these cases. The losing party can then take the appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court.

How can campaigns check whether petition signers are registered to vote?

The most efficient way to check a person’s registration status is through the Clerk’s election website. Using the Voter Information tool, campaigns can verify registration status. Additionally, the clerk’s office can provide a list of registered voters’ names and addresses. This can be done by precinct or district, and is available on CD. Under Illinois law, such lists are available only to campaigns.